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Lagos asks residents in flashpoint areas to relocate ahead rains

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says plastic waste has become a problem

By Dada Jackson

The Lagos State Government has urged residents in flashpoint areas within the state to relocate to a safer place ahead of September when the rains may be heavy and frequent, which may wreck havoc.

The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, stated this, just as he noted that plastic waste had become a problem for the state.

He also hinted that the state government was partnering plastic producers with a view to finding a lasting solution to this menace.

He spoke at a press briefing to give an update on the state’s preparedness for the resumption of heavy rainfall in the month of September.

He said, “The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) at the beginning of every year with 2021 inclusive usually forecasts the expected rainfall temperature patterns spanning the entire country.”

He said the peculiarity of the state as a coastal state and its strategic position as the economic hub of the nation made it expedient for the state to disseminate crucial information on the 2021 rainfall prediction earlier in the year to allay the fears of residents and prepare them ahead of the likely consequences of the rains.

He said that as predicted by NIMET, the state would experience normal rainfall of between 238 and 261 days this year, while the maximum annual rainfall for 2021 is predicted to be 1,747mm.

His words: “Due to the pro-active nature of measures we put in place, when Lagos witnessed a heavy downpour of over eight hours on Friday, July 16, by the next morning which was some 10 hours after the rain subsided, all the flash flood which had submerged many homes and vehicles especially in Marina had disappeared thus vindicating our stand.

“The same level of preparedness is what we have in store for the advisory by the management of Ogun Osun River Basin Authority on release of water from the Oyan Dam in September.”

Bello further noted, “We are stepping up the dredging and cleaning of all our channels and would also use the opportunity to once again put the residents of low-lying areas areas especially those in the river banks like Agiliti, Ajegunle, Isheri North, Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora, Isaalu, Pota and Shibiri etc on notice to be at alert that they may have to relocate to higher grounds to save their lives and properties when the water is released by Oyan Dam authorities.

The commissioner pointed out the state government would also be collaborating with sister state of Ogun in order to optimally respond to whatever challenges that the release of water could bring to the two states and the areas contiguous to the Oyan Dam.

He said, “Let me also state that due to the costal nature of Lagos State, one major contributory factor to possible flooding is Sea level rise. This has always posed risks to us as a coastal state, as anytime there is high tidal movement, it may ‘lock up’ the discharge points of our drainage channels and until it recedes, there will be no discharge. Such occurrences also cause backflows, resorting to flooding. But as soon as the lagoon recedes, all the generated storm water run-off will immediately discharge and our roads will be free of flash flood.

“As the strong winds expected to be experienced during the onset and cessation of every rainfall calls for caution, the envisaged hazy weather may also cause reduction in visibility that can bring about flight disruption and loss of revenue due to delays and outright cancellation. Guided by core principles of providing a flood-free and hygienic environment in the state, this ministry is providing all-year-round drainage maintenance for effective and efficient flood control with diligent dredging of all primary channels and cleaning/de-silting of all secondary collectors, to enable them to discharge efficiently and act as retention and/or detention basins. This is in addition to a revitalised solid waste management system,” he stated.

According to him, the state’s House of Assembly recently passed the plastic waste policy to address this issue once and for all.

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Clergyman arraigned for allegedly raping, impregnating a minor

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A clergyman, Rev Dr Theophilus Tarveshima, 45 was on Wednesday arraigned before a Makurdi Upper Area Court for allegedly raping and impregnating a 13 year old girl.

When the case came up, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Veronica Shaagee told the court that the case was received at state Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Makurdi from ‘D’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Gbajimba on October 6, this year.

She explained further that one Dooga Shuir of behind L.G.A Secretariat reported to Gbajimba Police Station that, he discovered that his.14 year old daughter, Doosuur Dooga was pregnant.

The Police Prosecutor said Dooga had told the police that when he enquired from his daughter Doosuur who was responsible for the pregnancy, she said that it is one Rev. Dr Theophilus Tarveshima of same address who got her pregnant.

She said Dooga explained further that his daughter disclosed that the man of God had sexual intercourse with her more than two times as a result of which she became pregnant.

The Prosecutor said during Police investigation, the said Rev. Dr. Theophilus Tarveshima was arrested for committing the offence.

Shaagee further said that the case was still ongoing and requested for time to complete it adding that the accused contrarvened Section 284 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State 2004.

However, the Magistrate, Mrs Rose Iyorshe granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety with a fixed address and adjourned the case to November 10th for further mention.

Iyorhse explained that the accused was granted bail because there was an accompanying affidavit with the First Information Report (FIR) that the informant (Mr. Dooga Shuir) was no longer interested in the case.

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Lover ‘pushes’ girlfriend to death after seeing her with another man

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The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested one Enoch Yohanna, who allegedly pushed his girlfriend, Ruth Amos, to her death.

The Spokesman of the Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, confirmed the development in a statement.

Wakil in the statement on Friday said a patrol by detectives sighted the 28-year-old lady laying in a pool of blood with wounds on her head and blood gushing from her mouth at the Sabon Kaura area of Bauchi metropolis.

The statement said: “On 07/10/2021 at about 0445hrs a Joint patrol team in collaboration with the Peace and security committee while on visibility patrol sighted a young lady laying in a pool of blood with wounds on her head and blood gushing from her mouth at Sabon Kaura, the team evacuated the victim to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, where medical doctor certified her dead. ”

“During the course of investigation, one Hajara Amos aged 56yrs of Bayara village was identified as the deceased mother and also identified the deceased as Ruth Amos aged 28yrs of the same address.”

The Command said the suspect will soon be profiled and charged to court.

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Kidnappers snatch woman’s car with her two kids in Akure

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Police in Ondo State on Saturday said two little girls of nursery and kindergarten classes had been kidnapped in Akure, the state capital, and their mother’s car stolen by the suspected kidnappers.

Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Funmilayo Odunlami, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the abduction took place on Friday night.

She said the mother had parked the car in front of her house around 8pm when they returned from an outing, and went out to open the gates, leaving the two kids in the vehicle.

Odunlami said, “Another car with three occupants suddenly drove up to her; some of the occupants collected her car keys and drove her car away with the kids inside.

“The anti-kidnapping section of the police is already on the trail of the assailants to rescue the two kids and recover the car.”

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